Dean C. Pieper

Dean C. Pieper, 86, of Staunton, passed away Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at 6:39 a.m., at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. He was born Aug. 5, 1926, in Staunton to Emil and Viola Gerlt Pieper. He married Evelyn German March 3, 1948.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Joyce Pieper; and one son-in-law, Rick Brown.

Dean served in the United States Navy in WWII as a Signalman 3rd class and in the Korean War as Quartermaster Signalman 3rd class. He attended Illinois State University, receiving a degree in english and chemistry and University of Illinois, receiving a degree in administration.

He taught high school and coached baseball, basketball and football in Coffeen, Livingston and Mt. Olive. He was an elementary principal in the Edwardsville school district for 36 years.

Dean served as a Staunton City Councilman, was a board member of the Staunton Country Club, a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Staunton and a lifetime member of the Staunton VFW Post #1241.
He enjoyed squirrel hunting, golf, maintaining his lawn and spoiling his dogs, Abbie and Daisy.

Surviving are his wife Evelyn, of Staunton; two daughters, Joyce (Bob) Sanvi of Staunton and Michele Brown of Springfield; one son, Kelly Dean Pieper of Denver, Colo.; two grandchildren, Deanna Sanvi and Vincent Sanvi; one brother, Lawrence Pieper of Staunton; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, from 9-11 a.m., at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Staunton.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec.8, 2012, at 11 a.m., also at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with the Rev. George Radosevich officiating. A luncheon will follow services in the basement of St. Michael’s.

His body will be donated to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Memorials are suggested to St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Staunton or to Community Memorial Hospital-Renovation Project.

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Williamson Funeral Home is in charge of Arrangements.